Construction underway at former Paul’s gas station site

A rendering shows the planned development at 7525 147th St. W. in Apple Valley.
A rendering shows the planned development at 7525 147th St. W. in Apple Valley.

The vacant lot at the northwest corner of 147th Street and Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley — the former longtime site of Paul’s gas station and convenience store — is now under construction, with a multi-tenant retail complex planned.

City planning documents for the site show a 5,500-square-foot building that includes a coffee shop with a drive-through window and outdoor seating.

The coffee shop will occupy 2,000 square feet of space on the north end of the building, with the 3,500 square feet at the building’s south end occupied by retail business.

The prominent Paul’s sign, on the lot’s eastern end abutting Cedar Avenue, is the only visible remnant of the gas station, with the gas pumps, canopy and convenience store already removed.

The prominent Paul’s sign, on the lot’s eastern end abutting Cedar Avenue, was the only visible remnant of the gas station as of this week. (Photo by Andrew Miller)
The prominent Paul’s sign, on the lot’s eastern end abutting Cedar Avenue, was the only visible remnant of the gas station as of this week. (Photo by Andrew Miller)

The city’s agreement with the developer, 7525 Cedar LLC, requires removal of the gas station’s underground fuel storage tanks and piping in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

Four access driveways to the site — two off Glenda Drive and two off 147th Street — will be reduced to two in the construction process, according to city documents. Both driveways along 147th Street will be removed, and the most southerly access along Glenda Drive will be shifted north.

The site plan shows a drive-through lane for the coffee shop that provides stacking for 12 vehicles, with a bypass at the midpoint of the drive-through lane.

The Apple Valley City Council approved the site plan and building permit for the development in February; the city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval earlier that month.